Friday, September 9, 2011

I just don't get it.

I love to sleep. So does Gillian.

Finley on the other hand appears to be the complete opposite and its making me insane.

About a week after we switched the girls to their big girl beds all hell broke lose with Finn. Out of no where she decided she was petrified of going to bed at night. I have no idea why.

There were a few days leading up to the "breakdown" where Gillian was climbing in bed with Finley and trying to sleep with her. For some reason this really upset Finley and that's when the whole hell started.

So, after a few nights of trying to force her to sleep in her bed and her getting so upset she couldn't sleep if she wanted to, I started putting Gillian to bed in her room and Finley to bed in the living room. Once she's out I put her in her room and she's fine for the night.

The problem is a couple nights a week Finley doesn't feel like going to bed and stays up WAY past her bedtime. I keep all the lights off in the house and lay on the couch behind her until she's asleep so I get screwed when she doesn't want to go to bed.

Tonight was one of those nights. Its 9:15 and she just fell asleep. I still have to pick up the house and do the dishes. I'm exhausted. I don't want to do anything except go to sleep.......

I'm hoping this phase passes quickly. I want two kids that fall asleep in their beds. I was thinking about separating their rooms to see if that helped but I don't want to lose our playroom. I'm not sure it would help anyway.

What can I do? I'm out of ideas? Being a parent is way more complicated than I ever imagined by the way! Way more complicated!

1 comment:

Mandy said...

We've never really had sleep problems, and the few nights we have had them they've been very minor.

My friend had success by letting them cry for a bit, then going in to tuck in again after a few minutes. Each time increasing how long you wait to go in and saying nothing after the first time you had to go back in.

Put to bed
Let cry 5 minutes, go in and say good night and re tuck.
Let cry 7 minutes, go in just re tuck.
Let cry 9 minutes, re tuck.

On and on. It took a few nights but that stopped it all together. The other twin didn't seem to mind either and passed out through the tantrum.
I don't think separating will help, and they will probably end up sneaking into each others' room anyhow.

You're totally right, this parenting sh!t is HARD! Wishing you lots of sleep!

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